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Cork and Barrel to benefit KIDS Center

Cork and Barrel to benefit KIDS Center

KIDSCenterStaffCork & Barrel is a three-day fundraising event series benefiting KIDS Center, Central Oregon’s only child abuse intervention center. This year, Cork & Barrel is featuring “A Taste of the PNW”, with nearly 20 wineries of Walla Walla, Willamette Valley, and the Columbia Gorge. The event, July 20-22, allows guests to experience all that is unique and divine about this region.

This three-day event focuses on the time-honored relationship between wine and food. From small, intimate Winemaker Dinners to a fun and exploratory atmosphere at A Sip of Cork & Barrel, to the Grand Cru fundraising gala.  Attend one or all three events and you won’t be disappointed!

Funds raised from this amazing event benefit KIDS Center, a regional child abuse prevention, evaluation, and treatment center that opened in 1994. KIDS Center’s services include medical evaluations, forensic interviews, family support services, and individual and group therapy that is key to helping children move beyond the abuse and into healthy futures. Nearly 2,700 children, youth and families were served through KIDS Center programs in 2016.

KIDS Center responds to children who have experienced all types of abuse including physical, sexual, drug endangerment, witness to domestic violence and neglect. KIDS Center offers therapeutic services to help children and families begin to process and overcome the trauma of abuse. In addition, their services include prevention programs to help teach adults in our community how to better protect children from abuse – click here for a list of trainings.

As one of five Oregon regional training centers, KIDS Center provides complex case consultation, forensic interview and medical trainings and technical assistance to community partners addressing child abuse in seven Eastern & Central Oregon counties and Warm Springs. Call 541.383-5958 to contact KIDS Center.

BendBroadband is a community partner with KIDS Center.

Benefit: Cork & Barrel, a wine event for Central Oregon., July 20-22.

Winemaker Dinners, Thursday, July 20, 6 p.m., seating is limited to 40 at each dinner location, $100 per person. The dining locations include: 1. Willamette Valley Vineyards and Adelsheim at 10Below, 10 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend 2. Phelps Creek at 5 Fusion, 821 NW Wall St., #100, Bend 3. Chef OJ Robinson of The Benson with Doubleback, Caprio and Va Piano at The Sparrow Bakery, 2748 NW Crossing Dr., #110, Bend 4. Chef John Eisenhart of Nel Centro, with Woodward Canyon & Gramercy, The Victorian Café, 1404 NW Galveston Ave., Bend

A Sip of Cork & Barrel, Friday, July 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Broken Top Club, $100 per person Embark on a mission of discovery with a glass in hand and small bites around every corner! A Sip of Cork & Barrel is your chance to savor and explore, with top wineries and restaurants from the Pacific NW.

Grand Cru Dinner and Auction, Saturday, July 22, 4:30 p.m., Broken Top Club, $200 per ticket, limited seating. The Grand Cru fundraiser starts off with appetizers and tastings with all the visiting wineries. After this reception, guests will gather in the dinner tent and enjoy an incredible five-course, sit-down dinner, along with the exciting Live Auction and an opportunity for every guest to make a difference through the Fund-A-Need Paddle Raise.

E-mail to inquire about Grand Cru tickets.

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BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband™ donated $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County. This is in addition to what employees pledged to their local chapters during the annual campaign last fall. “One of our missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO and president of TDS Telecom, which operates BendBroadband. “We encourage employees to volunteer with our… Continue Reading

Jazz at The Oxford concludes with sellout

It was a completely SOLD OUT season for BendBroadband’s seventh annual Jazz at The Oxford concert series. Between October and March this past winter, The Oxford Hotel and the Bend community welcomed an incredible and diverse lineup of world-class artists over five separate weekends. Performers this season include drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Tuck & Patti, The… Continue Reading

Bend tops list in change score, housing market changes

The landscapes in some communities, especially in the Northwest, have changed dramatically over the last five years. Utilizing data from Zillow and AtoZDatabases, LendingTree looked at cities that have changed the most in recent years. LendingTree examined the cost of home ownership, rent values and changes in foreclosure rates to see where exactly in the… Continue Reading

Meal of the Year; BendBroadband co-sponsor

Meal of the Year;  BendBroadband co-sponsor

BendBroadband is a co-sponsor of the Meal of the Year program and awards a scholarship each year to an COCC student. In 2016, Carlos Vazquez was the recipient of the BendBroadband COCC Foundation Scholarship. When Carlos was awarded the Diversity Education Award, he was described “as one of those rare students who takes the time… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband is designating $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County for 2016-17. This is in addition to what employees pledge to their local chapters. Each employee is also encouraged to volunteer up to 16 hours a year while still being paid. “One of our shared missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

Community Spotlight: Healing Reins

Dita Keith considers her time with Healing Reins a privilege. Keith, executive director of the therapeutic riding center, has been with the organization for nine years, and to her, it’s an organization that truly matters in Central Oregon. “Our programs matter because they give families who live every single day with the challenges of caring… Continue Reading

Community Spotlight: Healing Reins

Don’t miss Jazz at the Oxford’s 7th season

Don’t miss Jazz at the Oxford’s 7th season

Our favorite time of year is just around the corner. Yes, snow-filled days on Bachelor are ahead (so fast, we might add), but we’re talking about Jazz at the Oxford. The seventh season kicks off next month, and once again, BendBroadband is proudly a sponsor. The concert series brings world-class jazz musicians to Bend’s renowned Oxford Hotel… Continue Reading